Picks and Pans Review: My Demon Lover

updated 05/18/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/18/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Sort of a cross between Teen Wolf and The Exorcist, this film tries to be both cute and scary and succeeds at being neither. Scott Valentine is cast as the title character, who isn't much different from the character, Nick, he plays on Family Ties. (He even manages to get in a 'Heyyyy.') A Greenwich Village derelict, he had a curse cast on him as a kid by a Romanian woman who caught him fooling around with her daughter. Whenever he gets sexually aroused, he literally turns into a monster. Unfortunately all the women around wear low-cut blouses, spandex pants and miniskirts. Then appears Michelle (Out of Bounds) Little, who dresses like Annie Hall and says things like, "I'm a woman of the '80s. I can risk my life in armed combat, I can have empty sex with strangers, and all I want is to be loved." When Valentine meets her, he falls immediately in love. All he wants is to be cured. Performing a really noble deed will lift the curse, though it then will leave his body—stay with us here—and enter the person to whom he feels closest. Little, of course, says to him, "I've never felt so close to anyone before." The opportunity for a noble deed is supplied by a slasher who is terrorizing women. Valentine, who blacks out when he undergoes transformation, worries that he might be the villain. But it's obvious who the real culprits are: director Charlie (The First Time) Loventhal and debuting screenwriter Leslie Ray. Ray says she conceived the script just after ending a horrible relationship and giving up on men. So here's the apparent moral: All men are monsters unless they're in love, and even then they hurt women. Thanks, Leslie, we needed that. (PG—13)

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